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- Industry first: Patagonia today announced that all 61 styles of its waterproof shells are made with recycled materials and sewn in Fair Trade Certified factories. The brand has been working on the feat since 1993. "Here's an interesting fact: You might think that shipping our products all over the world is the leading source of greenhouse gas pollution, but it’s not," Patagonia wrote in its announcement. "In fact, most of our carbon emissions – 97 percent – come from our supply chain. And creating virgin synthetic fibers accounts for 86 percent of those emissions. The more recycled fabrics we make, the closer we’ll get to carbon neutrality across our entire business by 2025. This collection of recycled shells is a step in that direction."
- Snowsports Industries America's new membership structure: "With the approval of our Board of Directors, SIA has opened our membership to include retailers, reps, and resorts, which includes board eligibility, voting rights and a host of benefits," President Nick Sargent wrote. "With our mission to 'help the industry thrive,' we believe that it is imperative to truly speak to the entire industry so that together, we can find common areas of alignment within our key initiatives: climate advocacy, participation, research, education, and B-to-B events to drive the entire industry forward."
- Bike products spared from tariffs: Hubs and cassettes were removed from the final list of EU products subject to a 25 percent tariff. These tariffs are different than the tariffs on products from China and instead related to an ongoing dispute over government support for commercial aircraft makers.
- In advance of a panel this week at the Outdoor Economy Conference, Pale Morning Media Founder and President Drew Simmons posed a question about the growth of the outdoor industry. What's your take?
- Kudos to Washington: The state's parks department was recently recognized as a finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence at the National Recreation and Park Association.
- Celebrity sighting: Reese Witherspoon loves her HOKAs. According to InStyle, she owns three styles of the cushioned running shoes.
- ZyneGo, a brand new backpack solution launching now via Indiegogo, just joined The Conservation Alliance.
- Ignik, maker of a refillable propane tank, just partnered with Darby Communications’ public relations expertise to launch its flagship product, the Gas Growler.
- A worthwhile read from our friends at BACKPACKER: "The Appalachian Trail is Going to the Supreme Court"